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Aaron Yost

Originally from Southfield, Michigan, I graduated with my B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern in 2016. As an undergraduate student, I worked with the members of the NxR lab at Northwestern to design a mechanical device to simulate the function of rat whiskers, a complex neurological system that holds many insights for how humans perceive sensory data. Additionally, I served as two-year project manager of Northwestern’s Concrete Canoe team, and continue to advise the team. When I am not in the lab, I can be found playing various instruments in both the Northwestern University Philharmonia Orchestra and Mariachi Northwestern. 

In the Dunand group, I am working on NiTi shape-memory alloys, specifically the creation of micro-scale hollow tubes. When solid nickel wires are coated with titanium, upon homogenization, the Kirkendall effect leads to the creation of pores that combine into hollow microtubes. These tubes maintain shape-memory properties and thus have many potential applications for heat transfer and fluid flow, particularly for biomedical applications. Previously, I assisted in mechanical testing of high-temperature aluminum alloys and Ni-based superalloys.


Shape-memory NiTi Wires


B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern University


Address: Materials Science & Eng
2220 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208

Select Honors

  1. Northwestern Mickelson Prize for Senior Design finalist (2016)



September 16, 2016